ESPN Boss John Skipper Cites Possibility Of "Social Hectoring And Trolling" In Robert Lee Decision

ESPN president John Skipper sent a memo to staff today in response to the public relations fiasco that has unfurled in the wake of the network’s decision to move broadcaster Robert Lee off the University of Virginia’s home opener. Per Skipper’s account of things, the switch wasn’t made out of fear that viewers might…

ESPN To Advertisers: It's Fine! It's Fine! Everything's Fine!

ESPN opened its annual upfront presentation to advertisers in New York earlier this week with a full brass band performing a New Orleans funeral march. It was tempting to read too much into it—ESPN poking fun with some gallows humor about its subscriber losses and recent layoffs of 100 employees—but it revealed itself…